At the end of a three-month series called Forced to Choose, MPR News reporters reflect on what they found most intriguing about decisions Minnesota communities are making about their futures.
Archives for December 29, 2011
Perhaps the best places to look for local government reinvention are those forced to change by demographics and economics, writes reporter Jennifer Vogel.
Budget pressures are forcing Minnesota cities to examine how to spend less on public safety. Reporter Curtis Gilbert writes about how much agonizing local officials do when confronted by that necessity.
Economic, demographic and political change have pushed some small Minnesota towns to the brink of disaster, local leaders worry. Reporter Tom Robertson writes about the challenge posed by shrinking state aid.